The Wynn Las Vegas is one of the nicest, most high-end casinos on the Strip, and in the heart of the casino — about a 100-yard walk from the parking garage elevators — you’ll find the race and sportsbook. The lounge setting gives the sportsbook an intimate feel, and while space can seem limited at times, the festive atmosphere more than makes up for it. Bigger isn’t always better, and the Wynn sportsbook proves it.
Betting/Lines: Legendary Johnny Avello, the Director of Race and Sports operations at the Wynn, is one of the most innovative minds in the sports betting industry. So, rest assured, you’ll have plenty of unique betting opportunities. The Wynn offers lines on spreads, totals, props and a variety of futures, including NASCAR, golf and tennis. In addition, the Wynn is one of the few sportsbooks on the Strip that offers entertainment props. For instance, you can bet on who will win “Dancing With The Stars” Season 13 or the first season of “The X Factor.” Sharp bettors can often be found at the Wynn on Sunday afternoons, as Avello and his staff are the first to release opening college football lines. While the maximum bet is just a $1000, the opportunity to bet opening numbers is one that many astute bettors like to take advantage of.
Value: Staying at the Wynn or neighboring Encore might set you back a bit, at least compared to some of the other hotels on the strip. However, the higher end prices are well worth the cost when you see what you get in return. The average room size at the Wynn is 650 square feet, which means you’ll be living like a king for the duration of your stay. You’ll have plasma TVs, walk-in closets and a wet bar, depending on your preferences, in addition to other taken-for-granted amenities, like fluffy towels and a cordless phone. There are dozens of great places to eat at the Wynn, but Zooza Crackers Deli, located adjacent to the sportsbook, is certainly worth a try. You can get a roasted turkey wrap for $11.25 or a Cobb Salad for $12.50, a quick meal that will fill you up in between a pair of afternoon games.
Experience: The sportsbook offers roughly 95 betting terminals, where you can sit in plushy chairs and have access to your own television. There are also 40 leather chairs, some with tables and drink holders, located in the northwest corner of the sportsbook near the betting board.There are three big screen TVs, but one — and sometimes two of them — cater to race bettors. This can be a bit frustrating for football fans, especially on Sunday, when visitors feel like the biggest games in town should be given higher priority. Nonetheless, there are roughly 50 flat screens located throughout the book and bar area, meaning you should have no trouble watching the game of your choice.The bar is connected to the sportsbook and is a quick and easy place to get drinks during a break in the action, which is good, because you might experience some longer-than-desired wait times from cocktail waitresses. Not to mention, complimentary drinks aren’t given away liberally, as you must place a minimum of $300 in wagers.
Extras: If you bring the wife or girlfriend to the Wynn, she’ll have plenty to see and do while you’re stuffing your face with chicken wings and watching the action. The Wynn Esplanade shops feature high-end clothing stores, fashion boutiques and enough shoes and jewelry to leave the lady in your life distracted for hours. You can get lost in the trees, quite literally, while walking around the lobby area. There are plenty of beautifully designed structures, decorative plants and artwork throughout the casino. The Wynn also has an on-location golf course, a wonderfully designed plot of land with rolling hills, waterfalls and luscious greens. Some of the best shows can also be found at the Wynn, including Garth Brooks, who makes regular appearances. And if you want to stay out late, why not check out Tryst or the Encore Beach Club? But don’t stay out too long. You’ll want to be up by 8 a.m. the next morning to head back to the sportsbook and place your wagers for the next slate of games.